We’ve all heard stories of dogs acting heroically — rescuing drowning people in Italy, saving people from fires in Florida, and protecting kids from coyotes. But cats, well, it turns out they can be heroes too. One hero cat earlier this year even alerted his “humom” to the fact that she had breast cancer by being more snuggly than usual! When the newest hero comes in the form of our favorite house panthers, it’s just one more reason proving black cats BRING GOOD luck!
Introducing The Hero Cat Who Saved The Life Of His Human Servant.
Meet Piran, who overwhelmingly deserves his own place in the heroic kitty hall of fame. It began as any other day when he and his elderly human were out for a morning walk around their farm in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK.
Tragedy stuck though when his dedicated human fell 70 feet down a steep embankment, through barbed wire into a creek!
Piran, doing what hero cats do, began meowing in the hopes that someone would hear him. And as happenstance would have it, a friend of the 83-year-old woman did just that. Wisely, they informed the woman’s neighbor, Tamar Longmuir that something was amiss.
Longmuir immediately began searching her neighbor’s farm to check why the feline would be causing such a ruckess. But her efforts were unsuccessful, and the homeowner was no where to be found.
“I went off in my truck to search our farms and fields, but there was no sign of her,” Longmuir told Sky News.
Soon other family members joined in the hunt. This is when they realized Piran was doing something rather odd. He was sitting inside the gate that led to a maize field, meowing at them quite distinctly…repeatedly. And it set off alarm bells for Tamar.
But if it weren’t for Piran’s vocal display, the situation could have been much, much worse.
With the corn topping out at 7 feet tall, there was no way to tell what may lie beneath the sea of stalks. Walking the narrow path around the massive field, Tamar called out desperately for the missing woman, undettered.
“The cat is very attached to her, and he was going back and forth in the gateway meowing, so I decided to go and search the maize field,” she adds. “My cows could hear me calling and were mooing back — I was hoping they would go quiet so I could hear.”
Seconds hung in the air, but she finally heard a quiet voice. And her heart jumped as the seriousness of the situation was finally revealed.
“Just as I was going to go off the path and start going through the crop, I heard a very faint response to my calling,” she says. “She had gone through the barbed wire and was laying in the stream — we think she had been there for hours.”
Longmuir was off and scrambling down the embankment. When she reached her poor neighbor, she immediately checked for any injuries. Amazingly, even after such a rough fall filled with barbed wire, her neighbor didn’t appear to have any major wounds!
“I came off worse than she did,” Longmuir added humorously.
The Way Back Up Was Challenging Too Though!
Longmuir, 38, had to do a few interesting moves to climb back up the bank still. This included the “Tarzanian” feat of hanging off a branch to get one measly bar of service on her cellphone. But thankfully, she was able to call the members of the search party to update them on the good news. Emergency crews arrived less than 15 minutes later, flooding the scene with 25 first responders, ready to help.
The unique rescue took about two hours and the woman was airlifted via helicopter to the hospital. Sharing the daring rescue on their social media page, the Bodmin Police were heroes in their own right.
The elderly female had fallen approximately 70ft down a very steep embankment, with incredibly difficult access and uneven terrain. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were in attendance, along with their specialist water rescue team, Cornwall Air Ambulance, and SWAST. The female was hoisted back up to the field on a stretcher via line rescue. She was then taken to hospital via the Air Ambulance in a stable condition.
Longmuir was happy to update the now worried readers of the unfolding drama on the post. We’re sending lots of healing purrs to her too!
“Her friend Richard is looking after the cats, he helps the lady a lot and have been friends a long time. I’ve seen Piran this morning and he’s doing great I rang the hospital as she is doing well considering everything she has been through. Hopefully finding out more today, she was able to talk to us yesterday which was a good sign x
“Without the cat waiting at the gate to that field, it could have been hours later that I or anyone else would have checked in there,” Longmuir admits.
Photos property of Facebook/Bodmin Police